Social Security News

June 3: National Cancer Survivors Day

We observe National Cancer Survivors Day on the first Sunday in June. It’s a day to recognize those who have beat the disease and support those who are still fighting cancer. Social Security supports people with cancer through their disability program.

Those with certain cancers may
be eligible for a Compassionate
Allowance. These are cases where
individuals have medical conditions
so severe they obviously meet Social Security’s disability standards, allowing their cases to process quickly with minimal medical information. For more information about Compassionate Allowances, including the list of eligible conditions, visit socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.

If you think you or your loved one may qualify for benefits based on an illness,
please visit socialsecurity.gov to apply using the standard Social Security or
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) application. Once you or they are identified
as having a Compassionate Allowance condition, the disability application will be
expedited.

June 15: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

This is an opportunity for everyone to voice their opposition to abuses inflicted on some of the most vulnerable members of our society.

Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited.
Older Americans lose an estimated $2.6 billion or more annually due to elder financial abuse and exploitation, funds that could be used to pay for basic needs such as housing, food and medical care. Unfortunately, it occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered.

For more than 80 years, Social Security has provided for the elderly as part of their daily mission. In cases where older people are incapable of representing themselves, Social Security looks to family or friends to serve as their financial managers through the Representative Payment Program. Find out more about the program at socialsecurity.gov/payee.

Family members and caregivers can help protect the elderly with help from the
Representative Payee Interdisciplinary Training series. The training was developed in partnership with the Administration on Aging within the Administration for Community Living and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The program educates people and organizations about the roles and
responsibilities of serving as a representative payee, as well as elder abuse, financial exploitation, and effective ways to monitor and safely conduct business with the banking community. It also teaches ways to recognize the changes in an adult or senior’s ability to make sound financial decisions.

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